Defence

AIR International’s dedicated defence section will provide all the latest industry and operator developments from across the military aviation and space domains, from procurement and sustainment, to programme development and delivery.

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Military biofuels – Going green

Climate change has come to the military. The international drive to reduce the world’s carbon footprint has inevitably meant that air forces are having to explore ways to reduce their dependency on liquid aviation fuel, which is derived from fossil fuel resources.

DSEI 2021: UK Skynet 5 SATCOM to stay with Strategic Command

The UK’s Strategic Command will maintain operational control over the Skynet 5 space-based surveillance system through the lifetime of the programme, despite earlier reports that it would cede day-to-day use to the newly created UK Space Command

DSEI 2021: Leonardo signs SPA with UK MOD on airborne survivability

Leonardo has signed a Strategic Partnering Arrangement with the Royal Air Force, Defence Equipment & Support and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory to develop platform-level integrated protection systems for UK military aircraft

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After the burn

Russia’s United Engine Corporation (UEC) – the holding company that controls all aero-engine design bureaus and production plants in the country – has initiated the development of a common advanced afterburning turbofan suitable for installation on the entire production line of Su-27/30/35 (Flanker) fighters

BAE Systems wins UK synthetic flight training deal

The UK Ministry of Defence has awarded BAE Systems contracts valued at more than £220m to deliver synthetic training for pilots training to fly the Eurofighter Typhoon, the latest example of the steady growth of digital alternatives trumping physical solutions

UK MOD signs upgrade deal for C-17 and CH-47 fleet

The UK Ministry of Defence will invest almost £400m (US$552m) to improve the capabilities of its C-17 Globemaster aircraft and CH-47 Chinook helicopters

US Navy’s AARGM-ER missile enters production

Northrop Grumman has announced the AGM-88G Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile Extended Range (AARGM-ER), developed under contract with the US Navy, has achieved a Milestone C decision

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Eye in the sky

Without doubt, one of the most formidable airborne early warning and over-the-horizon targeting rotary-wing platforms in the world today, the Kamov Ka-31 offers long-range detection against air and sea targets together with a sophisticated jam-resistant and secure datalink system

Industry invited to negotiate for UK Tiquila programme

A range of UK and overseas defence companies have been invited to negotiate for the UK’s Tiquila programme, which is intended to deliver two types of unmanned aerial system into service

Airbus delivers first Lakota to US Army National Guard

Airbus Helicopters has delivered the first UH-72B, the latest variant of its Lakota helicopter, to the US Army National Guard from its production facility in Columbus, Mississippi